Prince Philip funeral: Queen leads royals at ceremony in Windsor as she bids farewell to Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen has arrived at St George’s Chapel for the funeral of Prince Philip as she prepares to say goodbye to her beloved husband of 73 years.

Dressed in a face mask and in sombre black, it was the first time the monarch has been officially seen in public since the Duke of Edinburgh died eight days ago.

A small group of Philip’s close family and friends are attending the televised funeral service, which began after a national minute’s silence at 3pm.

Live stream and updates from Prince Philip’s funeral

Philip’s coffin was carried on a custom-built Land Rover Defender hearse designed by the duke and modified over 16 years.

It was followed for part of its final journey by the Queen, who travelled in a Bentley with Lady Susan Hussey, with her trusted lady-in-waiting – with both wearing facemasks.

Walking behind the coffin, in morning suits and day dresses but not uniform, were Philip’s eldest children the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal, followed by their siblings the Earl of Wessex and Duke of York.

In the third row was the Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge but between the two royal brothers – their troubled relationship well documented – was their cousin Peter Phillips.

Watching as it passed were royal mourners including the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Wessex and her children Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.

Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank were also in attendance.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the Queen will sit alone during the funeral of her husband, who died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April at the age of 99.

Although members of the public have been urged not to gather in Windsor for the funeral, some have been visiting the town, bathed in bright spring sunshine, to pay their respects and leave flowers at the castle gates.

On the eve of the funeral, a touching photograph was released of the Queen and duke giving a glimpse of their lives away from protocol.

The royal couple are pictured as they are rarely seen – relaxing together during a summer break and enjoying the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands on the Balmoral estate.

Looking completely at ease and smiling warmly at the photographer, Philip and the Queen relax on the grass at the Coyles of Muick, a beauty spot near the town of Ballater in Aberdeenshire.

The Poet Laureate has published The Patriarchs – An Elegy, which pays tribute to Philip’s distinguished career in the Royal Navy and refers to his generation as "husbands to duty" and "great-grandfathers from birth".

The congregation at Philip’s funeral has been limited to just 30 people due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will watch the service on a television from Chequers.

Although there is no sermon – as per the duke’s request – the service will be a highly religious one.

Several hymns will be sung by a small chorus of three choristers and a soprano, and Bible passages will be read out.

Among the songs picked out is the hymn Eternal Father, Strong To Save, traditionally associated with members of the navy like the Duke of Edinburgh.

It was also sung at the funeral of his beloved uncle, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979.

No members of the Royal Family will give a reading, and attendees have also been forbidden from singing.

In the Bidding, the Dean of Windsor will say: "With grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us."

"We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the Nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith.

"Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity."

The order of service is similar to the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002.

Not having a lingering funeral was also in line with the duke’s wishes.

Earlier this week, Harry said of his grandfather: "I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’"

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Nearby Heathrow Airport has said it will not land planes for six minutes to coincide with the period of quiet.

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